This Close to Okay is an Adult Fiction title. It is the story of a man who decides to jump off a bridge and the woman who notices and stops him from jumping. Over the course of a weekend, they will learn each other's secrets, betray one another, and learn what it means to truly care for another person and yourself. They also get to party, watch baseball, day drink and dress up in costume. This book has lots of dialogue and character development, so you feel like you really know the two leads by the time the story is over. Their pain is your pain, and their joy is your joy. There are some descriptions of sexy time and a bit of adult language, so keep that in mind when you're ready to read.
This is not a happy story. I don't want you to think it's a happily ever after romance title because it isn't. What it is, is an exploration of grief, love, recovery, and the choice we make each moment to live. It's a story of recognizing simple joys as well as the complex ones that make up our lives. The real meat of the story is in the discussion of grief and how each person deals with it. It's also an examination of how mental illness can be a struggle for the individual and their loved ones as well. This book will get you right in the feels and just when you think you know what’s happening, another layer is peeled back and it gets you in the feels again. The story ends on a note of hope and a sense that the future will be one filled with love of all kinds. If you enjoy the writing style, also check out So We Can Glow - a book of short stories by the same author.
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Grand Central Publishing, 2021
Format: Book, Audiobook, eBook, eAudiobook
On a rainy October night in Kentucky, recently divorced therapist Tallie Clark is on her way home when she spots a man precariously standing on the edge of a bridge. Without a second thought, Tallie pulls over and jumps out of the car into the pouring rain. She convinces the man to join her for a cup of coffee, and he eventually agrees to come back to her house, where he finally, reluctantly, shares his first name: Emmett. Over the course of the emotionally-charged weekend that follows, Tallie makes it her mission to provide a safe and comfortable space for Emmett, although she doesn't confess that she works as a therapist. However, Emmett is not the only one who needs help--and he has secrets of his own. Alternating between Tallie and Emmett's perspectives as they inch closer to the truth of what brought Emmett to the bridge, This Close to Okay is an uplifting, powerful story of two strangers brought together by wild chance at the moment they need it the most.
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